September 3, 1999 |
Measles, once a common rite of passage for U.S. children, has all but been wiped out in this country, federal health officials announced Thursday. In 1998, there were only 100 cases reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, most of them believed to have originated outside the United States.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 20, 1996
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has become a respected and vital household name. That is why its sponsorship of a 1989-91 study involving an unlicensed measles vaccine in Los Angeles is so troubling. The vaccine is Edmonston-Zagreb, or E-Z. In small doses, it has been used safely for decades outside the United States and has been endorsed by the World Health Organization. But here in the United States, E-Z has been deemed experimental.
June 17, 1996 |
A government-sponsored study of two measles vaccines, begun in 1989 during a major U.S. epidemic and conducted on nearly 1,500 minority infants in Los Angeles, failed to disclose to parents that one of the vaccines was experimental, federal health officials said Sunday. "A mistake was made," said Dr. David Satcher, director of the Atlanta-based federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one of the study sponsors. "It shocked me."
April 3, 1996 |
The state of California said Tuesday that it will investigate whether PacifiCare of California is violating state law by refusing to recommend a chicken-pox vaccine to its members. The HMO, a statewide subsidiary of PacifiCare Health Systems Inc. in Cypress, has come under fire from a consumer group for failing to endorse the widely accepted preventive measure.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 7, 1995 |
Ventura County's measles epidemic has spread to as many as 68 people, health officials said. Currently, there are 31 confirmed cases and another 37 probable cases awaiting blood test confirmation, officials said. Anyone who believes they may have been infected should call the county Public Health Department or their physician immediately, officials said. Measles is a highly contagious viral disease that is easily spread through secretions from the nose and throat that can be airborne.
December 27, 1992 |
A generation ago, doctors began routinely vaccinating every child against measles. No one worried much about what would happen when the children grew up and had babies of their own. In hindsight, perhaps they should have. These new mothers fail to pass on the strong resistance to measles at birth that an eternity of women before them have done. The result is a new problem: measles in the very young.
February 14, 1992 |
Russia has virtually no vaccines for major childhood diseases, and polluted drinking water has caused illnesses such as dysentery and gastroenteritis to soar in parts of Siberia, the federal Centers for Disease Control said Thursday. The center reported that a U.S. health team that visited six regions of Russia from Jan. 16 to Feb. 6 found critical shortages of vaccines for measles, polio, diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis.
December 7, 1991
David T. Imagawa, 69, internationally recognized immunologist and virologist who helped develop the measles vaccine and did research on AIDS. A native of Isleton, Calif., Imagawa was interned in a camp for Japanese-Americans during World War II. He earned his doctorate in bacteriology at the University of Minnesota and did research at Japan National Institute. His 1989 lead article in the New England Journal of Medicine provided insight into how the human immunodeficiency virus causes AIDS.
March 9, 1991 |
Two appeals courts on Friday upheld court-ordered measles vaccinations for five children whose parents belong to a church that shuns medical care, after another child from the church died of measles. "Society does put limitations on religious rights," Superior Court Judge Vincent Cirillo said.
January 3, 1991 |
Teresa Gorospe pounded on an apartment door where she heard a baby crying over salsa music and yelled, " Hola , Maria" until a woman cracked open the door. Gorospe handed the mother a flyer and urged her to get measles shots for the children. "There's an epidemic," Gorospe said in Spanish. "Please do it. It's free." The mother listened warily, as Gorospe explained how 46% of those who contracted measles last year are Latino preschoolers and how it is life-threatening for the little ones.